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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Copper with a hint of red, cloudy like morning in P.E.I. Its topped with a finger of off white head, tinged with pink.

Smells amazingly of Brett, sour cherries, barnyard funk, Cantillon Brewery-like woody cellar, and oak. It's all richly balanced and smooth on the nose.

Sour and perfect. Taste follows the nose, but all these nuances are so subtly displayed, without any obtrusive features. The smoothness of Pliny the Elder on the tongue, though a completely different beer altogether.

Light feeling body, highly carbonated to almost more than expected.

Got at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA a few weeks ago. Drinking in New Hamburg, Ontario, October 10th, 2016. Been looking forward to this beer for a long time, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of phillyfan9
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been on a sour kick for the last year or so, and came across this beer at a local beer festival. I recognized the name, looked it up again online quick to confirm how highly rated it was, then went over and talked to the guy pouring. I couldn't believe they had a full keg of it, and the guy confirmed that it's pretty rare to see and there were no restrictions on how much I could drink. I sat by that keg for as long as possible, consumed at least ten beers worth since the guy picked up quickly and started pouring full glasses to save us both time and effort... and it was amazing. Easily the best beer fest experience of my life. This beer is the gold standard of sours, I couldn't imagine a better drinking experience. Sours are a genre of their own, so tread lightly if you haven't dabbled before... but if you are into the style, you can't get better than this IMO.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Tulip

Pours a deep tangerine hazy orange with half finger egg white head. Dissipates to just a ring. No lacing. Looks like iced tea.

Smells of funk, cherries, oak, grapes and apples. A lot going on in the aroma with all the funkiness. Definitely smells like sour cherries though.

Taste of oak, sour cherries, apples, grapes from the Pinot Noir and some funk. Very balanced with all the flavors attacking. Very smooth. Taste like a sour alcoholic Shirley temple. Very nice.

The mouth is sour funk, with a solid amount of carbonation. Juicy finish.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect on this guy, but he was pretty good. Very well balanced. I'm not sure if I'd pay $16 for another bottle, but I would definetly drink this again with no hesitation.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/15. About 2 years old.

With a POP of the cork, this beauty pours out a pale blonde forming into what I can only describe as Cranberry Cocktail, or Strawberry puree mixed with a dash of prune juice. The head is diminutive and fleeting, leaving only bubbles on the upper deck. Opacity is darn near full moon, but leaves enough room for light to ignite the sides of the body in this tulip.

Perfumey notes of crisp cut apple, potpourri, bartletts, and cider.

Taste actually throws a huge curveball of vinegar first...quite different than what I was expecting. After a couple of seconds, this fades into some muted apples, dark berries, oak woodiness, and light fruit skins. Still, tannins and vinegar permeate the flavor profile profusely. It's almost as if fruit flies were to magically spew out from the glass. Very fermented. Ends with strong vinegar and wine notes.

A bit dry and tart on the feel, feeling a touch parched here, yet it still finshes rather wet.

Overall, SUPPLICATION was not the grand slam I thought it would be, but it could be due to the age (I was traded this bottle without prior knowledge of the age). I'd like to try this fresh, but definitely not at the $15-20 a bottle this normally goes for.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - didn't pour it into a glass this time (yea I know). Great bottle though, makes me feel like I'm drinking a medieval ale.
S - biggest notes are first tart cherry then a must in essence that reminds me of my grandpa's basement in a good way. Then more tartness, funk, barnyard, hay in the background. Some brown ale caramel and bready notes are peeking through the sourness. The MAIN thing with this beer is its a complex sour ale. It gives you more than just the sour.
T - same as the smell. Awesomness. See above.
M - medium mouthfeel. Initially feels like it should be light but once you start drinking it the sour/funky parts of it separate the boys from the men. Alc covered. Aftertaste is sour cherry.
O - RR sours are the best overall had. Maybe Cantillon is better but I wouldn't know. I've never had a domestic brewery that lived up to the home of Supplication and Sanctification.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml bottle with a bottled on date of 6.7.16. 7.75%

L - Reddish brown, with 1 finger of head and some lacing.

S - Sour cherries, grapes, and funkiness

T - Sweet up front, light cherries, turns into a huge sour tart bomb. Not overwhelming, just perfect.

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An insanely intense and tasty brown sour

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Photo of Ranz
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10.08.15

A: With an earthy reddish brown color in my Teku, this beer has a quickly dissipating head. Inspecting through light, the color almost has a copper-blood hue.

S: Heavy cherry and red wine character with a hint of cherry on the nose.

T: Rich sour barrel flavor with dark cherry and lacto funk. If you let the beer sit on your tongue, its brown ale base is much more apparent with lots of creamy malt. This makes it sing.

M: Lots of carbonation tartness with a decently creamy follow-through.

O: I may enjoy Consecration a bit more, but this is probably a higher quality beer with more elements waiting to be explored. Regardless, this is fantastic stuff.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this as part of a RR sour panel (Con, Sup, Temp, Sanc) and it came in second for me. Liked the cherries and the oak and had some nice funk to it. Not my favorite of the four but would drink this any chance that I got.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh no, looks like I'm disappointed. This beer is really great, don't get me wrong, I just don't think it's worth me getting so excited about seeing it on a shelf. Happy to check this off the list though. Kind of a rotten aftertaste. Solid otherwise.

Sour Browns have seen better days, although from what I understand this beer has gone downhill a bit? That would make sense. Still great though and still worth the price even if it's no longer worth the hype.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Brown, like tea, thin white ring on the edge , steady stream of micro carbonation

Aroma of cherries, red wine, fragrance expands over the glass

Tart , sour cherry taste ,

Suds up well , tartness lingers,

Good beer

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 5/11/2015. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, ruby-tinted brown coloring, with a thin film of off-white head on the surface, and a ton of carbonation flowing throughout the body. Aromas of tart and sour cherries, dark and sweet pinot notes, earthy undertones, hints of currants and berries, and a solid sour component throughout. Flavors are very sour and tart cherry forward, with a solid acidity and richly sweet backbone. That backbone has notes of cherry, chocolate, currants, and toffee, but it is only an accent character, as the tart and sour blend sweeps it up very quickly. Along with the cherry, your taste buds are overrun with tannins, horseblanket, lemon juice, dry and rich pinot characteristics, wood spice and char, tobacco, and an overall sour tone. Very dynamic and layered palate. The body is dry and crisp, with the increased carbonation cleaning up alongside the astringent sourness. The aftertaste is mostly cherry and wood, but with some earthy notes still lingering here and there. The finish is bone dry, with the sour pucker and acidity wringing every last drop of moisture out of your taste buds, leaving them begging for more. What a tremendous beer!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River Brewing Company, served in a tulip glass. Slightly murky mahogany brown with a whispy head of off white foam. Tart, barnyard
aroma leads into taste full of funky apple cider vinegar. Moderate body and carbonation. Wonderfully complex and flavorful.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to ruby in color with a fingernail of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of tart cherries and pinot noir. I smell tart Brett and dark cherries. I taste dark cherries and tart Brett. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a beautiful Amber orange, smells of oak and has a great funk to it, taste of amazing sour, hints of cherry and you get that wine like flavor... drinks so smooth. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange hued with loads of carbonation and very little lacing. There's a splendid funk to the nose, with notes of cherry and oak just below. Definitely has that horse blanket thing going on, with loads of fruits and malt in the taste. This is a definitive version of the style. Heck of a beer.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/23/16, consumed 7/15/16.
Pours dark orange or murky amber. Loads of lively carbonation after initial pour but settles to a thin foamy off-white layer. Aroma of dark cherries and sour funk. Prickly feel and overall a very good sour.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Nice blend of sour, funk and cherry, although the fruit wasn't pronounced. Oak and wine notes contribute to the dry feel. Solid beer!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first sour ever from Russian River and it did not disappoint. I've had several different batches and the older ones are better but still a great standard and you don't have to wait in any crazy lines for this gem.

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Photo of W_Des
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy reddish brown almost like a dull copper from the bottle. Nose has tart cherries, funk and woody oak. The body is a nice blend of subtle cherry flavor with oak and dry wine. Medium carbonation with a dry finish to a fantastic sour.

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Photo of FFreak
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding sour. Sent to me by my sister in Cali, poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, dirty-cranberry red with a half-inch pink head that reduces to a continuous ring of tight bubbles. Aromas of cherries, yeast, oak. Taste is slightly sour cherries with oak, pinot grapes, and just a hint of fresh hay. Mouth is dry and lively. Overall, an exceptional sour beer, reminiscent of a fine wine.

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Photo of Its_a_Daniel_Life
3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The sour notes never adjusted on my palate as I drank this brew. Not sure if it was the addition of the cherries and their tartness. The finish was dry and earthy. Did I enjoy, Yes. From cold to warm it really didnt change much in taste. Drink time was about 45 minutes or so.
Bottle dated 08/21/2015

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Photo of YeastInception
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep tawny color with a large head. Cherry vanilla oak flavors up front with the pinot and caramel notes. Just enough balsamic vinegar taste to balance it out. Very complex

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color of rooibos, that is, hues of amber red and brown working together, with some occasional bubbles and a thin ring of fizzy bubbles that dies to nothing. Supplication leaves wine-like legs on the glass, and even seems at times a bit hotter than the listed ABV would suggest.

Bright acidic cherries and light vinegar on the nose. A little blueberry even, as it warms. Woody and peppery notes really bloom and take center stage as it reaches room temp.

Cherry is nicely present without taking over. Too often, when cherry is on the label of a sour, it's either entirely absent, or it's overpowering. There is a nice balance in Supplication. A bitter and acetic sour element works well with the cherry, bringing much less a powerful vinegar-like presence than the nose hints at. A little supporting oak in the background.

A hefty tangy sting hits the tongue up front and tingles the back of the throat, but it goes down fairly dry.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Transluscent dark amber, 2 finger light tan head, poor retention, minimal lacing.
AR: Lactic funk, oak, wine, cherries.
T: Follows nose, lots of oak on the finish, slight astrigency.
M: Medium carbonation, slightly prickly, medium body.

I love this beer, but I much prefer it on draft. Oak and wine really come out in the bottle. Draft is a little more tart and fruit forward w/out so much astringency.

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Photo of TH28
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle. Bottled 8/25/15. Appearance: Tea colored light brown, with reddish orange tones. Clear with a moderate off white foam head that hangs in pretty well for a sour. Aroma: Cherry is strong upfront, along with lactic acid, light toasted oak, and a distinct vinous note. Taste: Starts with a light sweetness with a touch of cherry, that quickly turns to a funky, earthy, puckering sour. Back end is distinctly vinous and acidic. Mouthfeel: Light body and moderate carbonation Finish: Very dry, with a lingering musty oak and cherry. Tart. Overall: A very unique sour in that the vinous quality of the Pinot noir barrel absolutely dominates the back end of this beer. This beer is puckeringly sour and tart, with a musty, funky quality. Leaves your mouth watering.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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